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cartoonin wrote:

Disagree. Brussell sprouts and other fresh and frozen veggies turn out incredible in our Air Fryer, as we have used it several times (at least a dozen) for just such food items since we received one for Christmas.

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I almost bought a deep fryer, but talked myself out of it because of the smell. That was just a convenient excuse though. I'm really resisting getting an air fryer because I'm afraid I would just fry everything.

Steamed veggies? f*ck it - fry em!
Baked potatoes? f*ck it - make some fries instead!
Lean chicken? f*ck it - we're having homemade KFC mothaf*ckas!

I mean, it's not really frying

cartoonin wrote:
Delbin wrote:
Stele wrote:
Delbin wrote:
Coldstream wrote:
dhelor wrote:

I love my air fryer.

Witchcraft!

How have I never heard of this before?

It's basically a small convection oven that circulates air fast enough to cook everything pretty evenly. It's awesome for frozen snacks like fries and chicken nuggets. With some experimentation I've gotten really good eggplant parmesan and fresh potato wedges out of it. It won't replace your oven, and they're small enough that they only really makes enough for two people. The taste isn't quite like deep frying, but it's closer than what you get from an oven. The convenience of getting perfectly baked fries in 15 minutes is awesome, though.

My mother-in-law was raving about hers over the holidays. It was good for a couple things but she tried to do everything in it and a couple of leftovers didn't turn out so well.

The key is definitely knowing what to use it for, and even then it's just a bit better than an oven. Unlike the InstanPot (long may she reign,) an air fryer isn't worth the space unless you make lots of potatoes.

Disagree. Brussell sprouts and other fresh and frozen veggies turn out incredible in our Air Fryer, as we have used it several times (at least a dozen) for just such food items since we received one for Christmas.

Agree. I mean more like if you use it a lot for the the things it's good at.

Delbin wrote:

It won't replace your oven, and they're small enough that they only really makes enough for two people. The taste isn't quite like deep frying, but it's closer than what you get from an oven. The convenience of getting perfectly baked fries in 15 minutes is awesome, though.

Regarding the size, they do make larger ones - the one we had before was a 2.5 or 2.7 liter, whereas this one I was given for Christmas is 5.2L*. Depending on the brand, the price difference is worth it for the extra size. I'm used it several times to make dinner for my family (four people - myself, my parents, and my aunt).

And yeah, it's really more like a small oven than a "fryer," but it is great for cooking up some slightly healthier "fried" food. Honestly, my favorite is frozen egg rolls. I usually defrost them a bit in the microwave first, and then into the air fryer to get fully cooked and crispy.

*There are even larger ones that can cook a whole chicken.

It's basically a portable convection oven. We've had those things in the Philippines since the 90s.

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This one is extremely cheap and very reliable. The main difference to an air fryer appears to be the speed and evenness of air circulation. Since a "turbo broiler" will only blast heated air from the top, there's a tendency to cook that side preferentially. This means you have to flip over some things if they're too large, which is oddly kind of like frying something. The see-through glass container means you can see the item directly very easily and it also doubles as a container for transporting your food item.

Some things won't fry like normal when you do them in a convection oven on account of not bleeding fat when they're heated. Chicken and pork normally render fat so you don't need to do anything extra, but fish benefits from an olive oil brush to improve the flavor, unless you're going for a broiled effect.

I shared a post about one of my favourite musician/model's new album, and came back home to a reply thanking me for the share and kind words from her actual facebook account. A little bit starstruck, and all over chuffed. She's not a big name, but is still fairly iconic among the Australian industrial/electronic punk scenes.

Excuse me while I swoon for the next few days

Reminds me of when I bought a Trespassers William CD from their website, and I got a handwritten note from singer/songwriter/guitarist Anna-Lynne Williams (who now performs as Lotte Kestner) with some kind words thanking me for supporting the band. It actually made me a little sad because I wondered how few website sales they were getting that she would include a handwritten note with one. Still, it was a lovely gesture.

A_Unicycle wrote:

I shared a post about one of my favourite musician/model's new album, and came back home to a reply thanking me for the share and kind words from her actual facebook account. A little bit starstruck, and all over chuffed. She's not a big name, but is still fairly iconic among the Australian industrial/electronic punk scenes.

Excuse me while I swoon for the next few days

Had a couple of those moments with an author I love on Facebook. Pretty fun.

One of the better user names I've seen in a while:

aspergerinparadise

A_Unicycle wrote:

I shared a post about one of my favourite musician/model's new album, and came back home to a reply thanking me for the share and kind words from her actual facebook account. A little bit starstruck, and all over chuffed. She's not a big name, but is still fairly iconic among the Australian industrial/electronic punk scenes.

Excuse me while I swoon for the next few days

These are always a great surprise. I have had this happen with Rian Johnson the now star wars director. I came across his business card which is "hidden" on his website. Figured why not email him thanking him for great movies. Day it two later he emailed back very surprisingly. Every time I have written I get a nice reply back. Always a cool feeling.

Also I have been trying to get this forum excited about air friers for a year and all the fun happens when I go out if town for a week not checking in?!?! We love ours, takes a bit to get cooking down in it but we use it for just about everything. Not a large one but great for 2 adults and 2 young kids. We have had air friers parties with friends and all whip up stuff in them. Love it.

The old Shadowrun novels I read as a teenager have been republished digitally!!! They are available under the Shadowrun Legends series now.

Rykin wrote:

The old Shadowrun novels I read as a teenager have been republished digitally!!! They are available under the Shadowrun Legends series now.

Does Never Deal With a Dragon still have forty or so pages missing in toward the end?

Rykin wrote:

The old Shadowrun novels I read as a teenager have been republished digitally!!! They are available under the Shadowrun Legends series now.

I loved those books! They were my introduction to sci-fi and cyberpunk.

Skiptron wrote:
Rykin wrote:

The old Shadowrun novels I read as a teenager have been republished digitally!!! They are available under the Shadowrun Legends series now.

I loved those books! They were my introduction to sci-fi and cyberpunk.

I got into them after a friend of a friend introduced us to the pen and paper game. This was around 1992 or 1993 right after second edition came out. I just happened to search for them after deciding to take a trip down memory lane by rereading The Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffrey. I would like to reread some of the Shadowrun books as well. Especially the ones by Nigel Findley as those were some of my favorites.

Does Crystal Singer hold up?

Nostalgia. 3Dfx.

*EDIT* Be careful, the website may pull you deep into other nostalgia...

Nimcosi wrote:

Nostalgia. 3Dfx.

I don't know if any computer upgrade will match putting a brand new, just released Voodoo2 card into my PC.

Although the Riva TNT2 was quite something too.

Revisiting Pink Floyd. AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Does Crystal Singer hold up?

Currently reading it and I am not sure if I am capable of being objective enough to say if it does or not. I was a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey's stuff growing up.

Assassins Creed Origins Discovery Tour is A-MAAA-ZING. Even if you don't have Origins or aren't an Assassins Creed player, if you have any interest at all in classical Egypt, it's well worth the $20 price for the standalone PC version. Just the ability to walk, ride, and fly around the map and explore everything uninterrupted at your own pace is great fun. The historical tours, added media from books and museums, and illustrative narration is just the icing on the cake. What's more, you can choose an avatar from among the characters in the game, or choose from Greek and Egyptian commoners or aristocrats including a good selection of child avatars if you want to introduce your kids to Classical Egypt in a relatable way.

I really hope this feature is available in future games. It'd be even more amazing to have it for Florence, Rome, Constantinople, Paris or London, but going back to those settings is almost certainly prohibitively expensive for Ubisoft. Plus the unique task and goal-based NPC AI in Origins makes it much more feasible.

I hope one of the GWJ site crew is able to dig into this and write it up, because it is a unique new approach to repurposing video game assets and partnering with educational professionals to do something more with a game than the same old DLC cycle. Imagine what could be done with racing games or historical shooters or strategy games or fantasy licensed games or...

Higgledy wrote:

Revisiting Pink Floyd. AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

We do have a thread for that

Started out as a loathe today, because I couldn't access my feedback regarding a paper draft for school. I finally got in touch with my professor, and we figured out how to access it, it was hidden in a menu option that is easy to overlook, because it doesn't 1. look like a menu option, 2 look worth examining beyond what the text says (and the text has no indication that it leads to the feedback). Overall a poor design. However, because I was able to help her figure this out, and help my entire class at the same time, I was allowed to resubmit an assignment over a week after turn in, in order to get a higher grade. I had realized right after submission I made a mistake, but assumed that only one submission was possible. Overall this bad day got much better, and I may even be able to move up a letter grade on the assignment, depending on the overall quality.

From one of the larger arcade chains in Australia:

Attention all Timezoners,
We want absolutely everyone to have a stellar time in our stores, so from now on every Friday from 9:30am – 2:00pm we will have our low sensory experience time.
Roughly one in every hundred Australians are on the Autism Spectrum, loud noises and bustling crowds can really affect these people as well as others. To help them out we’ll be turning the music in-store to a minimum and turn as many of the arcade games down as we can. Hopefully this makes Timezone even more enjoyable for everyone!

We’re always looking for feedback, if you have any thoughts about the program!

This is such a perfect idea. As much as the blaring lights and sounds are a part of the arcade experience, I have nothing but love for this idea. It's wonderful to see inclusion, understanding, and respect for those on the autism spectrum.

Seriously, SO much love for this post <3

A_Unicycle wrote:

From one of the larger arcade chains in Australia:

Attention all Timezoners,
We want absolutely everyone to have a stellar time in our stores, so from now on every Friday from 9:30am – 2:00pm we will have our low sensory experience time.
Roughly one in every hundred Australians are on the Autism Spectrum, loud noises and bustling crowds can really affect these people as well as others. To help them out we’ll be turning the music in-store to a minimum and turn as many of the arcade games down as we can. Hopefully this makes Timezone even more enjoyable for everyone!

We’re always looking for feedback, if you have any thoughts about the program!

This is such a perfect idea. As much as the blaring lights and sounds are a part of the arcade experience, I have nothing but love for this idea. It's wonderful to see inclusion, understanding, and respect for those on the autism spectrum.

Seriously, SO much love for this post <3

There seems to be a lot of this happening locally. I have also heard that a supermarket, a couple of children's play centres, the museum and maybe a few others having lower lighting, lower noise at some designated times.

It's happening at some of the local supermarkets around here, but I haven't actually seen it locally. I'm all for it! I'm not sure how easy it would be to enforce (encourage?), but it's a small thing that can help a lot of people. We also have quiet carriages on every train (front and back), although that's more for comfort.

Personally, even I need quiet time and have avoided shopping because of the sheer amount of people and noise. I see no downside.

That sounds like a lovely example of the curb cut effect! I hope it spreads worldwide.

A local theatre does that for some kids movies a couple mornings a week.

https://www.geekswhodrink.com/

Pretty fun ~2 hours of bar trivia. If you're in a big city there's probably one near you.

We have 3 different bars on M, W, Thur, and another one starting on Tues in March.

Audio and visual rounds, chance to double your score one night, and lots of fun. Between round drink and other prizes. First and 2nd place get fairly large bar gift certificates.

I had a couple work friends that mentioned it last year but I just started joining them in January for once a week nights. I wish I had been doing it for months!